Kiewit plans to send towers back

Nadya Bell
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Local politicians say the stair towers at the Marystown shipyard should stay where they are, but the company that borrowed them says it has every intention of giving them back to the government.

Rod Hogg, manager of business development with Peter Kiewit and Sons Co., says the deadline for returning the towers to the Bull Arm fabrication site is the end of September.

Local politicians say the stair towers at the Marystown shipyard should stay where they are, but the company that borrowed them says it has every intention of giving them back to the government.

Rod Hogg, manager of business development with Peter Kiewit and Sons Co., says the deadline for returning the towers to the Bull Arm fabrication site is the end of September.

"We plan to, as we always have, to comply with what the government has asked us. And we're going to send them back prior to the expiration of the dates that they have given us," Hogg says.

"We have a directive from the government to return them, and that's what we're going to do. We have really nothing to do with the town council, or what the union is doing or anything. It's strictly fulfilling our obligation to the government," he says.

Meanwhile, Marystown Mayor Sam Synard says concerned people in the area, including the Burin Chamber of Commerce, the Schooner Regional Development Corp. and representatives from Burin Peninsula towns were to meet Thursday night to discuss what they would like to happen to the towers.

"The shipyard here doesn't only employ people in Marystown, they are a major regional employer. So the possible loss of the towers, and the possible consequences of losing employment because of it, has implications for all of our towns on the Burin Peninsula," Synard says.

"I think it doesn't do any good to have people ranting and roaring in the media about taking the towers back, and there's no other solution. Maybe there is another solution. We just need to calm down, give it some second sober thought and try to find those solutions," he says.

Synard says the town plans to request a meeting with Natural Resources Minister Kathy Dunderdale and hopes she can grant more time for the issue to be re-examined.

If the towers are taken out of Marystown and returned to Bull Arm, Marystown will have to build new towers, and Bull Arm will have to re-construct the towers and all the supporting infrastructure. Synard says this doesn't make economic sense.

"Where is the sense in now building two towers, when you only need to build one tower in Bull Arm?" he asks. "We're just trying to get people to look at it from a financial perspective. What's best for industry and best for the province, and how do we best save our hard-earned tax money."

Dunderdale has said the town council's estimation of the sums of money involved is wrong, but Synard says he disagrees. He says maybe they should get a third party to confirm how much the towers and infrastructure on them is worth.

nbell@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Peter Kiewit and Sons Co., Burin Chamber of Commerce, Schooner Regional Development

Geographic location: Marystown

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  • Scott
    July 02, 2010 - 13:35

    I do agree that Bull Arm Owns the Towers and therefore, from a legal perspective, they have to be returned. But since there are two stair towers, why can't Government give Marystown a break and let them keep one of the stair towers and send the other one back to Bull Arm at least for the time being? Thereby, creating a fair playing field for both Marystown and Bull Arm. I have questioned the minister before with regard to Governments role in Bull Arm and how it creates an unfair advantage for us here in Marystown. Kiewitt has to assume all overhead costs of it's facilities where as anybody and ther dog, so to speak, can go in to Bull Arm and all the overhead costs are covered by the Government. So as minister Kathy Dunderdale indicated if they want to see both Marystown and Bull Arm succeed then here is her chance to put actions to her words let Marystown keep one for now and send the other one to Bull Arm.

  • Ken
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    And so they should a shipyard that hasnt built a ship in 10 years come off it

  • Bernadine
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    Another example of the Marystown Town Council not taking the time to inform themselves.

  • Fred Johnston
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    I have enjoyed working in various centres throughout your beautiful province over the past 15 years but the biggest black mark on Newfoundland and Labrador is this 'welfare everything for nothing' mentality that exists in the out ports where you seem to blame all your woes on your capital city.

    Why is it that you feel the world owes you so much?

  • Phonse
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    My discussion with our MHA was as follows- If someone lends you something you have a responsibility to return it. If however, it can be shown that another route would be more benifical to all groups involved then government should explore that route
    Makes sense to me and it's all we asked.
    Put away the guns we are not bad people just suggesting what is best for us all.

  • Scott
    July 01, 2010 - 20:25

    I do agree that Bull Arm Owns the Towers and therefore, from a legal perspective, they have to be returned. But since there are two stair towers, why can't Government give Marystown a break and let them keep one of the stair towers and send the other one back to Bull Arm at least for the time being? Thereby, creating a fair playing field for both Marystown and Bull Arm. I have questioned the minister before with regard to Governments role in Bull Arm and how it creates an unfair advantage for us here in Marystown. Kiewitt has to assume all overhead costs of it's facilities where as anybody and ther dog, so to speak, can go in to Bull Arm and all the overhead costs are covered by the Government. So as minister Kathy Dunderdale indicated if they want to see both Marystown and Bull Arm succeed then here is her chance to put actions to her words let Marystown keep one for now and send the other one to Bull Arm.

  • Ken
    July 01, 2010 - 20:08

    And so they should a shipyard that hasnt built a ship in 10 years come off it

  • Bernadine
    July 01, 2010 - 20:02

    Another example of the Marystown Town Council not taking the time to inform themselves.

  • Fred Johnston
    July 01, 2010 - 20:00

    I have enjoyed working in various centres throughout your beautiful province over the past 15 years but the biggest black mark on Newfoundland and Labrador is this 'welfare everything for nothing' mentality that exists in the out ports where you seem to blame all your woes on your capital city.

    Why is it that you feel the world owes you so much?

  • Phonse
    July 01, 2010 - 19:55

    My discussion with our MHA was as follows- If someone lends you something you have a responsibility to return it. If however, it can be shown that another route would be more benifical to all groups involved then government should explore that route
    Makes sense to me and it's all we asked.
    Put away the guns we are not bad people just suggesting what is best for us all.